There are many on the Right that continually say that Bush has gone away from the “traditional” values of the Republican party. Um, NOT. Bush is exactly in the tradition of the Republican party. When you look at Reagan and Bush Senior, George W is in there. Again, look at what they did and not what they said.

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From NYT:

There have been a number of articles recently that portray President Bush as someone who strayed from the path of true conservatism. Republicans, these articles say, need to return to their roots.

Well, I don’t know what true conservatism is, but while doing research for my forthcoming book I spent a lot of time studying the history of the American political movement that calls itself conservatism — and Mr. Bush hasn’t strayed from the path at all. On the contrary, he’s the very model of a modern movement conservative.

For example, people claim to be shocked that Mr. Bush cut taxes while waging an expensive war. But Ronald Reagan also cut taxes while embarking on a huge military buildup. (more…)